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Patriots Draft Trends: Agile, Explosive Tight Ends Taken By New England

Bill Belichick has long had an infatuation with tight ends, and the New England Patriots found perhaps the best player in the history of the position in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Rob Gronkowski, drafted No. 42 overall, is the second biggest draft steal in franchise history — after Tom Brady, of course. Gronkowski was the 10th tight end Belichick drafted since coming...
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February 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Chiefs turn Oakland mistakes into a 34-20 comeback victory

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Carr's fourth-quarter mistakes kept turning into Kansas City touchdowns and sent the Chiefs to their sixth straight win.Jeremy Maclin had two touchdowns after fourth-quarter interceptions and Tyvon Branch returned a third pick from Carr for a game-clinching score against his former team as the Chiefs rallied to beat the Oakland Raiders 34-20 Sunday.The Raiders...
Via AP on Fox
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Latest from the NFL: Day of follies on PATs across NFL

The latest from NFL games around the league on the 13th Sunday of the season (all times EST): 6:37 p.m. The Kansas City Chiefs saw the Oakland Raiders extra point off the upright and matched it with a botched snap. The AFC West rivals traded missed extra points in the second half, keeping their game tied at 20. The first came after Lee Smith caught a 5-yard TD pass to give the Raiders...
Via AP on Fox
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie gratified by success in year 4

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) After enduring three years of losing as he tore down and then tried to build back up the Oakland Raiders, general manager Reggie McKenzie is finally seeing the payoff of his work in year four. With a pair of strong drafts that have provided foundation pieces to the organization with quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and pass rusher Khalil Mack and...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders: Everything you need to know before kickoff

Game Information Location: O.co Colosseum, Oakland, Calif. Kickoff: 4:05 p.m. Line: BAL -6 TV: CBS (Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots) Radio: Oakland 98.5 The Game (Gregg Papa, Tom Flores and Lincoln Kennedy) Baltimore WBAL 1090 AM(Gerry Sandusky, Stan White and Qadry Ismail) Satellite Radio: Home – Sirius 83, XM 226, Internet 822 Away – Sirius channel 93, XM/Internet channel...
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September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Enter the Nest: 3 questions with Oakland

With the Arizona Cardinals traveling to Oakland for the most important preseason game, Spot Raiders writer Jayden Watts answered some questions about the silver and black.1. Which player should we keep an eye on Sunday night?The Raiders made numerous changes to the teams’ offense this off-season, and it was apparent to everybody last season that the team had a serious lack of offensive...
Via Pro Football Spot
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders signed Lee Smith for pancake blocks, not pass-catching

Lee Smith doesn't fit today's tight end mold -- catch first, everything else second.The Raiders knew that when they offered him $3 million per season. Smith is a blocker first, second, and third. He's more sixth lineman than tight end."The fact that he’s not a glamour guy, he’s not really too concerned with his stats," head coach Jack Del Rio told ESPN's Bill Williamson. "He...
Via Fox Sports
August 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders position preview: Tight Ends

The Oakland Raiders made it evident that they wanted to upgrade the tight end position this offseason. The team drafted a tight end in the third-round along with signing one in free agency and attempted to bring in Julius Thomas. Currently, the Raiders have three tight ends who could see a good amount of time on the field this season. As for who the starter is, that remains to...
Via isportsweb.com
August 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders showing interest in tight end Jermaine Gresham

The Raiders did their homework on Jermaine Gresham before free agency began in March. That interest never materialized in a signing. But it never went away, either, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: Oakland still has about $20 million in cap to burn; they can more than afford Gresham's price tag.  Whether or not they'd actually sign him is a different story. Since they...
Via Fox Sports
July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at the Raiders Most Important Camp Battle

With training camp starting at the end of this month, the team at TopSportsReport has begun to analyze it.  As part of that analysis, we compiled opinions from many of our team based writers into one post that takes an in depth look at the most important camp battle for every NFL team. As part of that article, Danny O’Connor evaluated Oakland Raiders’ tight ends Lee Smith,...
Via TopSportsReport
July 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Players the Oakland Raiders could look at in the supplemental draft

The NFL supplemental draft is on Thursday and for the first time in years, there are a number of players who could very well get drafted. For those who don’t know, the supplemental draft is for players who were unable to declare for the normal draft. Often times this comes as a result of off the field issues. Terrelle Pryor, for example, opted for the supplemental draft after getting...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Who will start at running back for the Oakland Raiders?

The Oakland Raiders finished dead last rushing in the NFL last year, averaging a mere 77.5 yards per game. Their rushing attack was abysmal and will need to improve significantly if they wish to be better. Going into the offseason the Raiders did everything they could to try and remedy this situation. On the offensive line the Raiders upgraded at center adding former Kansas City...
Via isportsweb.com
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders expect more production from tight end position in 2015

The Oakland Raiders have spent 15 years looking for the right combination at the tight end position, but the team hasn't been able to find any consistent players via the draft or free agency. Coach Jack Del Rio believes the team has some talent that could break that dry spell. The team brought in Lee Smith from the Buffalo Bills while drafting Clive Walford in the 3rd round...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders prioritizing size with their new tight end group

As the roster currently stands, an average Raiders tight end is 6-foot-4 and 254 pounds.That's no coincidence. Tight ends coach Bobby Johnson said the team went hunting for "bigger humans" at that spot this offseason.“Bigger humans tend to be more durable, more physical and that’s the image and that’s the style of play we’re going to have here," Johnson told the team's official...
Via Fox Sports
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Undrafted tight end Gabe Holmes could be a Raiders steal

With incumbent Mychal Rivera, free-agent addition Lee Smith, and new draft pick Clive Walford, the Raiders appear pretty set at tight end.But one undrafted rookie could make his case to stick as the team's fourth option this summer during training camp.Purdue's Gabe Holmes looks like a basketball player at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds. He was Preseason Mackey Award Watch player in 2013...
Via Fox Sports
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders get Derek Carr another good weapon in Clive Walford

With the 68th pick in the third round, the Oakland Raiders selected Miami Tight End Clive Walford. The Raiders have a solid pass catching tight end in Mychal Rivera and added an elite run blocking tight end in Lee Smith this offseason, but Walford is a guy that can give you both of those elements in one player. He was rated by most scouts and experts as the #2 tight end in this draft...
Via cover32
May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Raiders take TE Clive Walford in 3rd round

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have selected Miami tight end Clive Walford with their third-round pick in the NFL draft. The Raiders chose Walford with the 68th overall selection Friday. Walford is a versatile player who is adept at blocking and receiving. He had 121 catches for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns in 49 games at Miami. He joins a position group that includes...
Via AP on Fox
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How each Raiders free agent signing will upgrade the team

Leading into free agency, the Oakland Raiders targeted three players who were seen as difference makers. The kind of player where adding him alone would represent a big upgrade to the team. Unfortunately for the Raiders, none of them ended up in Oakland with Randall Cobb re-signing with the Green Bay Packers, Ndamukong Suh signing with the Miami Dolphins and DeMarco Murray signing...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders' Free Agency Report Card

No other team in the NFL has signed more free-agents than the Oakland Raiders. After posting a 3-13 overall record in 2014, the Raiders are among the teams needing fresh faces the most heading into next season.With free agency slowing down after two weeks, it's now time to evaluate the team's roster moves.Rodney Hudson, center: After signing Hudson to a historic $44.5 million contract...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders Plan of Attack for the 2015 NFL Draft

With the Draft just over the horizon, it’s time to take a detailed look at each team’s acquisitions and losses and gauge a plan of attack for how they should approach the first three rounds of this year’s draft.  We’ll start with the lowly Tampa Bay Bucs and work our way all the way up to the Super Bowl Champs in New England.  The Oakland Raiders are up on this cool...
Via DraftSeason
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Taking a Look at Roles for Raiders FA Signees

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Raiders announced their 10th free agent signing of the offseason with a two-year deal worth up to $8 million in place with running back Trent Richardson.  The former No. 3 overall draft pick will look to join a long list of successful reclamation projects in the history of the Silver and Black.  This is his third team and the man will...
Via TopSportsReport
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading week one of Raiders free agency

The first week of free agency is up… well almost, it started on Tuesday March 10 so there is technically one day left to the first week but who’s counting. In that first week, the Oakland Raiders have signed nine players: Center Rodney Hudson Defensive tackle Dan Williams Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Running back Roy Helu Quarterback Christian Ponder...
Via cover32
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Biggest remaining needs for the Oakland Raiders

With the first three days of free agency now in the books, the Oakland Raiders have added seven new players to the roster: Linebacker Malcolm Smith Linebacker Curtis Lofton Defensive Tackle Dan Williams Safety Nate Allen Center Rodney Hudson Running back Roy Helu Tight end Lee Smith With those signings, the Raiders have clearly aimed to upgrade their run game and their run defense...
Via cover32
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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